Welcome back to the second half of the liver detox journey with me. In the first half of liver detox series, I discussed the basic but important preparation work before the liver detox day, as setting the foundation properly for liver detox is just as important as conducting liver detox itself. If you haven’t, check out the first part of my liver detox journal last week to learn basics on liver detox and how to lay down an ideal foundation to ensure you get the most out of a liver detox experience.
With a solid foundation in place, let’s continue our exploration…
Liver Detox Day
Now here comes “the day” (I am excited even though I am just verbally repeating my experience to you)!
I first broke my juice cleanse with a smoothie breakfast and didn’t have any meal after 2pm to get ready for the liver detox.
At 2pm, I mixed 4 tablespoon of Epsom salts with 3 cups of clean water in a Mason Jar, shook it well and place the jar in the fridge (I would need to drink ¾ cup of the mixture 2 times on the first liver detox day and another 2 times the next day).
At 6pm, I drank the first ¾ cup of the mixture and 2 cups of diluted coconut water immediately after. Epsom salts taste nowhere near regular salts, as it is bitter (actually very bitter). I simply held my breath, finished the ¾ cup of mixture in 30 seconds, took a deep breath and immediately drank the sweet coconut water to reward my taste bud.
At 8pm, I took ¾ cup of the Epsom salts mixture for a second time and, of course, 2 cups of diluted coconut water immediate after.
At around 10pm, I prepared olive oil and lemon juice mixture by pouring ½ cup of olive oil and fresh juice from 3 lemons into the another Mason jar, shook well and placed it in the fridge.
At around 10:30pm, I took the citric mixture out of the fridge and was surprised to see both liquid mixed quite well together. As I started to sip the mixture, I found that olive oil diluted the bitter taste of lemon juice; and lemon juice made the mixture less greasy. So, the whole citric mixture was not as awful and nasty as I thought it would be. I then sipped it slowly for about 20 minutes. I wish I could have finished the whole bottle in 30 seconds. But, accordingly to the program, I needed to sip it slowly for 5 to 15 minutes; and the strong flavor of the whole mixture didn’t allow me finish it too soon, either (despite the strong flavor, this one tasted better than the Epsom salts). So, there you have it – my 20-minture adventure! Right after I finished the mixture, I immediately lay down on the bed with my head up for another 20 minutes.
After all of these, I went to bed at around midnight and slept on my left side. I felt a little sick (but just a little) in the middle of the night (at around 4a) and could felt that there were bowel movements inside me.
At 7am on the next morning, I took ¾ cup of Epsom salts mixture for a third time. According to the program, I should expect diarrhea at that point, which did not happen to me.
But when I took my last dose of the Epsom salts mixture at 9am, I started to experience diarrhea for multiple times throughout the day and did see that small pea-like greenish pebbles came out of my body!
After Liver Flush
After the liver detox, I started to go back to a normal diet at around 2pm on that day. I drank a lot of electrolyte water and coconut water (which is also rich in electrolytes) throughout the day and in the following few days. Having a diarrhea can cause loss of electrolytes. And drinking electrolyte-rich water or related supplements can help our body replenish the nutrients. Besides, I also took probiotics after each meal to re-balance my system.
To detoxify my liver and improve its function, I took milk thistle capsules and drank a lot of Astragalus tea.
How I felt and looked
I personally enjoyed my liver detox experience and, after releasing “stones” out of my body, I feel cleaner mentally and physically. More importantly, the experience gives me the result as acne cure program promises: my skin got better and acne scars healed faster as well (after seeing my face below you may be wondering: wait, why did your skin get worse than last time after your juice fast? Well, that’s the result of having more nuts than I should after my juice fast but before my liver flush. Moral of the story is: even though nuts are good, do not eat too many at one time without consuming enough vegetables to digest the concentrated foods!).
Prepare for your liver detox
Is liver detox on your to-do list? Or, are you pondering whether or not having a liver detox? I do hope that my experience can give your some ideas. If you are seriously thinking of having a liver detox, below are some tips I would like to share with you based on my experience and study:
- Always consult your doctor about the procedure above
- Make sure you are able to tolerate Epsom salts. If you cannot tolerate Epsom salts, which are essentially Magnesium Sulfate, you may suffer negative reaction.
- Just like a juice cleanse, liver detox should always take place slowly by first introducing clean foods, then reducing the amount of foods before conducting a liver flush.
- Always remember an anti-parasite regime before liver detox
- Make sure you have everything prepared before the detox, so that you get the right nutrients in time. For example, during and after the liver flush, you should always drink a lot of electrolyte water or related supplements to replenish the lost electrolytes
- Find two relaxing days to conduct your liver detox so that you can maximize the detox result: As you can see from my experience, doing a liver detox requires you visit the bathroom for multiple times. It would be ideal if you stay at home and chill out during the detox period, so that you can visit the bathroom whenever nature calls ; )
Foods and supplements I used
Below is a list of ingredients, supplements, foods I used for my liver detox and where I bought them for your reference. Hope this can help you prepare your first liver detox, should you decide to conduct liver flush someday:
Before liver flush
- Nature’s Life Malic acid – Amazon
- Now Foods, Fresh Green Black Walnut Wormwood Complex: iHerb (if you like, you could use the coupon code “WOK755” to get up to $10 off your first iHerb purchase.)
During and after liver flush
- Epsom Salt Plus Epsom salts: Wholefoods (interestingly, it is not in the grocery section, but in the cosmetics section)
- Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water: Costco (or, you can try Amazon; but Costo offers a better deal for the same amount. Alternatively, you can also try Vita Coco Pure Water from Costco or Amazon. Even though they both are made from natural ingredients, I personally like Zico Pure Premium because it has less sugar)
- Carapelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Costco or Amazon
- 365 Whole Foods – Electrolyte Enhanced Water: Wholefoods
- Flora Udo’s Choice Adult’s Probiotic: iHerb (if you like, you could use the coupon code “WOK755” to get up to $10 off your first iHerb purchase.)
- Jarrow Forumlas Milk Thistle: Amazon
- Astragalus tea: I bought my Astragalus tea from China. But you could try other versions from Amazon, which is what I am going to buy for my detox next time.
As you can see from my acne cure program schedule, my experiment has almost come to an end. I still have another liver flush to do before the program ends. By the end of next week, I will have finished my second liver flush. I will keep you updated afterward! Stay tuned.
Now it’s your turn. What are your thoughts on doing a liver detox after reading Part I and Part II? Are you interested in doing one or still scared (I was a bit scared at first, and hesitated for about 30 seconds before I began my first sip of Epsom salts mixture)? How did you feel about my experiment while you were reading it? I am here listening and always welcome any feedback or comments! Just share your thoughts below ; )